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Updated March 2023
Hole Park is one of Kent’s best known gardens – even winning the ‘Visit Kent’s Garden of the Year Award’ in 2016.
When should you visit?
We had a brilliant day visiting with my Mum and my Nan, as a treat for my Nan’s birthday – it was our first proper day out since the last lockdown too, so it felt great to be somewhere different. She adores plants and gardening so it was the perfect place to go on her special day.
They are open a few days in the summer / autumn but Hole Park is definitely best visited in the Spring when the bluebells are in full swing! They have a whole woodland full of them and I’m not sure it would be as special without them.
What’s there for the kids to do?
There are a few swings dotted around the walk to keep the kids busy. There isn’t a play park, nor a huge amount to entertain the little ones, but if the kids love a walk and a bit of exploration then it’s a lovely place to spend an afternoon. There are plenty of places to play hide and seek! A play park would definitely be a bonus at Hole Park, but as it’s a private residence I can’t see one being added.
What facilities are there?
When you’ve had enough walking for one day, chill with a picnic or head to the tearoom to enjoy a slice of cake and a cuppa. (Although I must admit their gluten-free cake wasn’t great – it would definitely be worth bringing your own food if you have allergies!) Near the cafe, they have an area where you can buy plants too but we did find that they were quite pricey.
Is it good value for money?
We paid £9 for adults and just a quid each for the kids, so it was an inexpensive day out. The flowers are gorgeous, so if you have a keen gardener in the family then Hole Park is worth a visit in the Spring.
Current prices: (Accurate March 2023)
- Online: Adult £10 / Child £2.50 (5 – 17 years)
- On the day: Adult £11 / Child £2.50 (5 – 17 years)
Useful information for your visit…
Pets: Dogs welcome on a lead
Parking: Yes, free
Facilities: Tearoom, parking, toilets, picnic areas
Address: Hole Park, Benenden Road, Rolvenden, Cranbrook, TN17 4JA
For up-to-date opening times and prices, please check their website.